Ignite DFW is back, January 24th, 2017.

Ignite DFW 6 is upon us… in case you’ve been under a rock for the past two years, Ignite DFW is a fast paced, narrative style event. Each speaker has 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds. While that sounds speedy to you, to the speakers it can be terrifying.

Join host Winston Edmondson for an evening of socializing, entertainment, tears, and while you’re at it, support a local gem in the Texas Theater.

There is the roster of speaker. You’re going to love this.

Jeremy Gregg – Why Prisons Aren’t Air-Conditioned

Since he never got caught, Jeremy has only been to prison as a volunteer and not a resident. He has been volunteering in Texas prisons for a decade, primarily through the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and Youth With Faces. Having previously served as the Chief Development Officer for PEP, he now has returned to his role as community advocate on behalf of incarcerated citizens and their families. He also supports multiple nonprofits through his fundraising consulting practice, Gregg Partners.

Steve – Ethical Eating

International man of mystery. Just a guy. Curious? We are too!

Sanderia Faye – Equality Now

Sanderia Faye was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). It was recently nominated for the Hurston/Wright Literary Award for debut fiction. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk.

Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She moderated a 2015 AWP panel and the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.

Faye is also a PhD student in English at North Texas University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, MA in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an instructor for The United States Navy-Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).

Audra Marie Stanley – Evolution of Education

Educator for 14 years, Teacher of Excellence in AVID, Science, and Professional Communications Boston Marathon Runner, Rock Climber, and Trail Runner Masters from UT Tyler in Educational Leadership, BS from Texas A&M College Station in Sport Management.

From Instagram: “Security is a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – H. Keller. Unrepentant lover of unexpected adventure, beauty, & peace.”

Bobby Thakkar – The Value of a Degree Today

Entrepreneur. Hacker. Designer. Student Body President @ Allen High School, Class of 2017. Founder of SecondGen | Head of Marketing @Peeyr | And a few more things.

Jacqui Espinal – con·nec·tiv·i·ty: two points joined by a path

Jacqui Espinal’s quest to connect, whether it be dots, people, ideas, or places, has led her on a mission to build bridges across gaps of space by finding commonality and strengthening bonds.

She has bridged divides between coasts, continents, cultures, and intentions through her multivariate travels and work that span New York City, Los Angeles, London, Singapore, South America and Asia while connecting the dots between the worlds of finance, entertainment, government, and social justice.

Caitlin Studley – Why It’s Okay To Hate Your Day Job

Caitlin is a New England transplant who has made her home in Dallas for the last several years. She began her career in the insurance industry, and has since moved into technology and education, where she currently works as the Dallas Campus Director at The Iron Yard. When she’s not working, you can find her at the gym, volunteering for KXT, or hanging out somewhere downtown.

Scott Kincaid – Bad user experience is never created with malice

Scott Kincaid started in the usability industry 20+ years ago with a lofty goal to be an advocate for the evolving needs of customers. With over 10,000 hours spent moderating focus groups and 1:1 conversations, it’s fair to say he’s evaluated a lot of experiences.

Jessica Burnham – Crowdus: A Living Prototype

Jessica Burnham, Texas transplant from Colorado, Graphic Designer by trade, Design Researcher by passion. Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation by profession. Married for five years with one kiddo and lives in Richardson. I don’t say ya’ll and I do say pop! 🙂

Join us for Ignite DFW 6, January 24th at Texas Theater: Get tickets here.

  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life’s work.

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